J.B. and The Playboys
Debuting in 1964, J.B. and The Playboys was comprised of Bill Hill on lead guitar, Allan Nicholls on vocals, Andy Kaye on guitar, Lorne Douglas West on drums, and Louis Atkins on bass. The group began playing shows at clubs throughout the summer in the Laurentians and the Eastern Townships. They went on to perfect their concert style performances at high schools, community centers, and YMCA dances in and around Montreal and rural Quebec.
Concert promoters took notice of the dynamic band and eventually invited them to be the opening act for The Beach Boys and The Rolling Stones concert tours. The Playboys recorded and released one 45 rpm single record every week for three weeks, and their songs turned into hits on radio stations across Quebec and beyond. On the strength of their chart-topping hit singles, the group performed on national television shows, headlined sold-out concerts to French and English audiences, and amassed great reviews in both national and international press. They recorded one full album and in the late 60s the members moved on to other bands and projects.